Where To, What Next

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 4:46 pm

So I got evicted today.

There was a small part of me that knew it was coming, having been down this road many times before, just not in the last 12 years. In the courtroom last week, and in the hallway today, listening to people trying to negotiate more time to move their lives and families, was a study in heartbreak.


Happy Veterans Day

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 9:20 am

We should all take a moment today, Veterans Day, to thank people in the military for their service.

They are decent and sincere men and women who joined believing they would serve their nation, or were looking for a job, an education, college money or some adventure, or all of the above. They then get sucked into America’s political wars. Civilians start wars, not soldiers.

Criminalizing Feeding The Homeless Should Be A Felony

By: Friday November 7, 2014 7:00 pm

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.

To the rhythm of protesters chanting, “Hey, Jack, what do you say? How many homeless did you starve today?” the Fort Lauderdale city commissioners passed an ordinance at 3:30 am on October 22, 2014 criminalizing feeding the homeless on public property. ‘Jack’ is Jack Seiler, the mayor who is determined to drive the homeless out his city by criminalizing charitable efforts to feed them.

Homeless: The New Normal

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 7:05 pm

n fact, a great many homeless people, perhaps most of us, do not fit the stereotype. We are not alcoholics or drug addicts. We are not mentally ill. We have spent our lives working hard, raising families, paying bills―doing all the things responsible citizens do. Some of us are college educated, and a lot of us still have jobs. But we don’t have a roof over our heads―no place to live, keep our things, and go back to at the end of the day.

Deciphering Greece

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 5:00 pm

It’s hard work getting the news from the news these days, especially if you want to know about a country like Greece. Far-away birthplace of democracy, a bit exotic, Mediterranean lifestyle, Zorba, rumored to be different. What does any of that mean? Strange things are happening there but what is going on precisely? The Greeks ran up quite a tab at the bar, or so the financial dailies tell us on a regular basis.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills: Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death

By: Saturday June 29, 2013 1:59 pm

David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu’s new book The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills is a thorough examination of the toll that recessions take on people’s health. They show, convincingly, that there are many, many channels through which health outcomes can deteriorate when the economy goes into a deep recession. They also show that the manner in which the government reacts to an economic downturn is a critical factor in determining health outcomes. Deterioration in health in a recession, though common, is far from inevitable.

Number of Homeless Iraq, Afghan Veterans Doubles

By: Friday December 28, 2012 6:00 am

One of the Vietnam War’s legacies was a generation of homeless veterans – traumatized by war and uncared for by the system that happily used them for its own ends before leaving them to the streets. Now, despite constant crowing about reforms at the Veterans Administration and treatment for mental illness in the military, it seems America will have another generation of homeless veterans thanks to our adventures and misadventures overseas.

Portland’s Cameron Whitten on Day 33 of Hunger Strike for Housing Justice

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 7:05 pm

Seven months ago, after the encampments of Occupy Portland were shut down, a 24/7 vigil outside of City Hall was set up to bring light to the ban on camping and Portland’s serious homelessness issues. The Vigil has been occupied all day, all week since that time. For 33 days now Cameron Whitten, a former mayoral candidate and Occupy Portland activist extraordinaire, has been living at the Vigil and partaking in a hunger strike. Read an interview of Whitten from the Portland Mercury here.

NYC Law Enforcement Moving Aggressive Park Dwellers into Occupy Wall Street Site

By: Monday October 31, 2011 7:15 pm

If this is true, it represents one of the more cynical actions I’ve seen from law enforcement, whose job it it to serve and protect, in a long, long time. According to Harry Siegel, cops in New York City are re-routing aggressive, drunken individuals picked up in parks across the city down to the protest site, taking advantage of the open-source nature of the protests.

Win the Future? Win Our Children’s Food, Shelter, Safety First

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 5:00 pm

Given the avoidance of the economic crisis and its impact on American families in this week’s State of the Union speech, isn’t “winning the future” just a corporate branding exercise to differentiate America Inc. from India Ltd. and China Corp.?

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